Thursday, July 31, 2008

Burger and Fries, WW style!

Ok, so we tried these last night and they were amazing! The burgers are 6 points and the fries are 3. Both recipies are for four people.

Monterey Jack Turkey Burgers

3/4 pound ground turkey
2 shallots, chopped
1 T soy sauce
1 T ketchup
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 c. monterey jack cheese (I used a little more)
4 strips turkey bacon
4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
1 tomato, cut into 4 slices

1. In large bowl, combine turkey, shallots, soy sauce, ketchup, garlic, and pepper. Blend in the cheese and form into 4 burgers.
2. Grill burgers 6-8 minutes per side. Cook the bacon (or use precooked microwavable kind) and put them all on a bun (we actually used the 100 calorie english muffins) with the tomato slices.

Oven "Fries"

1 1/4 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch strips
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
4 tsp oil
1 tsp paprika

1. Preheat oven to 450, spray baking sheet with PAM.
2. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, 1/4 tsp of salt, sugar and cover with cold water. Let soak for 15 minutes, then drain and pat dry.
3. Toss potatoes with oil and paprika and place in single layer on baking sheet. Bake, turning over as they brown for about 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining salt.

These turn out almost like fried ones because of the soaking process that is supposed to help draw out some of the water in the potatoes so they crisp in the oven.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Cornbread--A forgotten Side Dish

2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup melted margarine

Mix all together. Pour into greased 9x9 pan. Bake at 350 just until the top is light golden brown---don't overcook.

My kids really love to help by making the butter. I put about 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream with a dash of salt in a tupperware container and let them shake it until it gets fluffy (about 10-15 minutes). It's really yummy!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Easy Weight Watchers Stromboli

I know many of us are on a good eating kick, so I thought I would share this one that we made last night.

5 Points per serving. Makes 4 servings

1 can refrigerated pizza dough
1/2 cup low fat mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup thinly sliced arichoke hearts
3 roasted red peppers chopped
1/2 cup turkey salami (I couldn't find turkey so I just used regular salami, but you could do turkey pepperoni if you want)

1. Roll dough out into a rectangular shape
2. Spread cheese on dough about 1/2 an inch away from the dough edges
3. Spread out artichokes, peppers and turkey pepperoni.
4. Starting on the short side, roll the dough up and pinch the edges together.
5. Bake approximately 20-25 minutes unitl fully cooked.

It really turned out yummy and we dipped it into pizza sauce. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Mary's Mounds Cake

This is a family recipe I got from Mary Selden. If you like coconut, you are in for a treat!

1 pkg. chocolate cake mix (cook in 9 x 13 according to directions on box)

3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. sugar
24 large marshmallows
14 oz coconut

Heat first 3 ingredients in saucepan and stir until marshmallows are melted. Then add coconut and mix thoroughly. Spread on hot cake.

1 stick butter
12 oz. semi sweet choc chips

Melt in microwave or on the stove. Stir until creamy. Spread on top of cake. Icing sets up better if put in the frige.

Note: I made this once with milk chocolate chips instead of semi sweet and the chocolate didn't spread. So unless you want be globs of chocolate on top (like Mandi) use semi sweet chips for sure.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Lady and Son's Smoked Boston Butt Roast Recipe (Brooke’s Version)

This is my take on this super delicious and easy dish.

1 (5-pound) pork butt roast
4 tablespoons House Seasoning, recipe follows
4 tablespoons liquid smoke
Barbeque sauce of choice, for serving

Sprinkle 1 side of the roast with 2 tablespoons of the House Seasoning, making sure to rub well. Flip the roast over and rub the remaining 2 tablespoons of House Seasoning. Repeat the process with liquid smoke. Place the roast in a crock pot on low before you go to bed the night before. I placed it in the crock pot at midnight. Turn the roast over in the morning and pull it out when you’re ready to have dinner.

House Seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Paula Deen’s Original Recipe